Exchange Studies

Incoming exchange students -
Application instructions

How to apply for exchange studies at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts

Note that nomination- and application instructions for exchange studies in the fall semester 2019 will be sent out to our partner schools when the nomination and application opens on the 1st of March.


Step 1. Nomination and selection of courses
In order to apply to us there must be an exisiting partner agreement between us and your home university. If there is such an agreement you have to let your International Coordinator know that you want to apply so that he/she can nominate you for the exchange studies. After you have been nominated by your Coordinator you will receive an e-mail with application instructions. Please note that the e-mail may occasionally be caught in the spam folder.

Nomination deadline for the fall semester 2019: April 1

Application deadline (as for courses) for the fall semester 2019: April 15
Note that we need to have your work samples no later than April 1

For more information regarding the courses and link to Umeå University's online course catalogue see here  Note that the courses for fall semester 2019 will only be published when the application opens on the 1st of March. 

With us all our students are registered at certain programme courses each semester so depending on which year of studies you are in we will advise you to apply to the courses offered the semester of studies you are in at the time of your exchange period with us. These courses are mandatory and it is expected that you participate in all of them. By following and passing the courses you will earn 30 ECTS credits. On top of that you have the option to participate in a number of workshops offered to all students. These will not give you any extra credits but hopefully provide you with new skills plus you can always ask the teacher or professor holdig the workshop to certify that you have participated in his/her workshop. On top of the 30 credits you take with us you have the possibility to apply for and be accepted to another 15 credits of courses offered by some other department within Umeå University.

Step 2. Work samples, motivation letter and CV
In addition to applying according to the instructions sent to you and your selection of courses, you have to send your digital portfolio to us. This application should include approximtely 5 work samples, a motivation letter and your CV.  Send your application to, no later than April 1 for the fall semester 2019.


Selection procedure

After the deadline our professors will go through the incoming applications and decide who they want to offer a place. As soon as they have decided that you will be notified about the result. Our professors base their decision on the artistic quality of the portfolio and on the student's qualification and motivation. In addition, we also have to adjust to the total number of students at the school as we only have a certain number of studio places to offer our students.


For questions regarding selection of courses, or any other questions you may have, you are welcome to contact us on